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Deacon Dump 2/23: Heck of a night for Wake commits

With high school playoffs heating up, BSD will be there to recap all the action. And what a big night it was, with Travis McKie, J.T. Terrell and Melvin Tabb all winning their games. A number of Wake recruits were in action as well. Check out WakeJake's quick wrap-up or click through the jump to get the low-down.

ACC Basketball Today: Weekend in Review: February 21st
In an awful week for Wake, NC State outplayed the Deacons in yet another shocking win for the Wolfpack. State now has a win over Duke, the best team in the ACC, as well as wins over Marquette and Wake Forest, two probable NCAA Tournament teams. Yet they carry a 3-10 ACC record, good enough for worst in the conference. Go figure.

Wizards' Josh Howard leaves game with knee injury
With 4:24 remaining in the initial period, Howard received a long pass from teammate Mike Miller. Howard's left knee buckled on him as he got the basketball. The Wake Forest product went to the ground immediately and needed assistance getting to the locker room. It was reported shortly thereafter that Howard had a sprained knee and wouldn't return to the game. - Weekly Wrap: Pac-10 nightmare coming true
WEEK TO FORGET: Wake Forest -- The Demon Deacons were fighting for a seed entering last week, but Dino Gaudio's team lost to a pair of unranked teams on the road. It began with Virginia Tech earlier in the week, but a setback from an N.C. State team that is in the cellar of the ACC could prove to hurt down the line. Wake now sits at 18-7 overall and 8-5 in ACC play with three games left: North Carolina and Clemson at home and Florida State on the road.

Kid stuff high on Doc Rivers’ list -
Daughter Callie is a junior on the Gators volleyball team, and if she wasn’t such a good student with an eye on grad school at Wake Forest, volleyball might play a bigger role in her future. Riley Enjoys WFU Visit (prem)
A.L. Brown High School was expected to have a bit of a down year in 2009 but thanks to Travis Riley that was not the case. The talented 6’0 200lb. junior running back had a tremendous season and helped lead the Wonders to the 3rd round of the state playoffs.

Women's College Basketball Roundup: Wake Forest tops Central
Wake Forest 76, N.C. Central 63: Mykala Walker scored a career-best 15 points to lead Wake Forest past N.C. Central last night at Joel Coliseum. Secily Ray added 11 points for the Deacons and Asia Williams and Courtney Morris had 10 each.

English poised -
One year removed from a state title, Central Catholic would love nothing more than another championship. With a top-notch big man combo of Carson Desrosiers and Jimmy Zenevitch, you can’t help but love the Raiders’ chances.

Hitting the Wall Long season may be taking a toll on Deacons' freshmen
"No, I'm just in a little slump now," Harris responded when asked. "That's all." Stewart, Harris' roommate, was even more emphatic. "I haven't been playing well," Stewart said. "I haven't hit a wall. "Actually when I get back (to Winston-Salem), I'm going back to the gym to shoot, because I missed some open shots, and I know that's my role on the team. "If I'm not doing my role, I'm not doing my part."

High School Basketball Update -
J.T. Terrell, West Charlotte boys: 37 points in 112-58 win against Porter Ridge. Terrell also had 5 rebounds, four assists and four steals. He didn't play in the fourth quarter. | Enloe 83 Athens Drive 58 - Photos
Some Melvin Tabb photos from the first round

Terrell's 9 3-pointers lead Lions past Pirates -
Terrell, a Wake Forest signee, had no trouble finding the basket, dropping 29 points on the Pirates in the first half alone to stake West Charlotte to a 57-34 halftime advantage. Terrell, who scored 109 points in three I-Meck 4A tournament games last week, sank nine 3- point shots in addition to five rebounds, four assists and four steals against Porter Ridge.

Observations: Bigger gym needed for Vance-W. Charlotte -
Bad news for any of Vance's upcoming opponents. Rankin is healthy again. His jump shot, about the only chink in his armor, looked good Monday and he drove to the basket like the old Marquis. I actually wish he'd get more aggressive offensively. There's no one I know in North Carolina who can stay in front of him.

Power duo of guards propels Cougars -
Vance beat West Charlotte twice during the regular-season but the Lions, who won the I-MECK conference tournament last week, have gotten hot. Wednesday's game will feature four of the top guards in the country: Ogbueze and Rankin of Vance against Lions Jacoby Davis and J.T. Terrell. Shame the teams can't meet in a bigger gym.

High School - Roster announced for Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge
Dave Telep announced the 2010 participants for the Carolina Challenge on Monday.

So Thankful For All I Have... - Official Chris Paul Blog - Global Grind
I'm blessed to be one of the first NBA players to blog on Global Grind. I don't know about you, but I really enjoy this site...and I can't believe that I'm now a Global Grind celebrity blogger. So I know that most people either blog about their feelings on an issue, update everyone when they've had good or bad days, or just want the world to know what they're up to. My last couple of weeks have been here it goes!

Prep Insiders: Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Rosters announced
Hopewell's De'Mon Brooks, Harding's Corey Raley-Ross and West Charlotte's JT Terrell are among the 10 N.C. boys seniors named to the N.C. squad in the 13th annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic.

High School - Local players named to Carolina's All-Star Classic roster
On the boys side, Emanuel Chapman (Enloe), Stephon Drane (Garner) and Melvin Tabb (Enloe) will all represent the Triangle.

ACC Hoops Power Rankings, Feb. 22 Articles
4. Wake Forest (18-7, 8-5 ACC) A 14-point loss at N.C. State on Saturday was full of disturbing numbers. The Deacs scored a season-low 54 points, failed to make a single 3-pointer (0-of-12) and committed 23 turnovers. Previous Rank: 2 Schedule this week: Saturday vs. North Carolina